Mary Magdalene Blessings

The Feast Day of Mary Magdalene comes each year on July 22nd/23rd in the liturgical calendar, alongside the Feast of St. John the Baptist (June 22/23rd).  Medieval Templars  and the cistercians venerated this remarkable disciple of Christ, whose legacy is cloaked in subtle symbols due to the church’s distortion of her role in the passion…

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Winds of Change

It seems as though the past several months has been very consistent: that the only constant in life is CHANGE.  Like so many of us, I have found myself tying up loose ends in the mist of strong winds of change.  How to stand strong while going with the flow? From evaluating what is working…

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Holiday Smarts

Tips for Managing the Busiest Holiday Season Ever Simplify ~ Simplify ~ Simplify!   Easier said than done… I am living testament to the difficulty of untangling the proverbial Xmas lights to find comfort and joy amidst the hot mess of  ‘not-missing-out on holiday activities. From Halloween to New Year’s society dials up the fires…

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Forest Wayside

When I drive west along Hwy 26 outside of Portland, I make sure to stop at a particular rest stop ( wayside.)  Car parked and locked, I walk across a bridge and take a short hike into another world of moss covered rainforest and nurse logs. As I still my mind, the trees come into…

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Kindness Rocks!

Abigail Adams once said, “To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words.”   So let’s talks KINDNESS… Kindness as a lifestyle… as a method of relaxation… Sedona Kindness and even conflict resolution! Kindness can start with a simple smile, a greeting, or even a hug. Even…

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My Templar Way Pt 4

PART 4 continued from PART 3 Flying over the Alps, destined for Klagenfurt Austria, those strange stirrings I had felt in Scotland returned. It was a resonance that I would grow very fond of in my many flights to meetings. I only knew that I was happy and grateful! The plane landed in the midst…

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My Templar Way Pt 3

Continued from PART 2 All was not lost because one day, I met Brother Jim, a Rosslyn Chapel docent with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Chapel. Jim and his wife became my dear friends. They supported my quest and offered their hospitality so that I could test the waters with a meeting of the Sauniere…

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Soul Renewing Friendships

There are times in life where past – present – future seem to fuse into a dream, where memories bubble up like champagne – where wonder and vulnerability occupy the same oxygen, where tests of recall open both windows and wounds. Renewing friendships, as life unfolds in its zigs and zags offer retrospective glimpses at…

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A ‘Sedona Kind’ of Surprise

There is super hero strength in KINDNESS. An authentic smile or a wise grin can expand goodness in unexpected ways…. surprising ways! Just imagine for a moment, that you are hiking along one of Sedona’s myriad trails. Perhaps the red canyon wall towers above as you step over rocks and tree roots. Cicadas are singing.…

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1996 – Pt 1 ~ Glastonbury

 I still remember Glastonbury’s Chalice Well and the Tor, both places of pilgrimage, along with the abbey ruins, truly a deep heritage grounded in the land.

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